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About Us

Susan and Patrick love exploring Alaska and being in nature as much as possible. We are grateful our work with Alpenglow fosters that love.


Liam and Alana. The joy of our life.


The view from our house and workshop and the high tunnel on the right. There is no place like home.


Our high tunnel (aka hoop house) extends our brief growing season by increasing temperatures and reducing wind. At 30 x 60 feet there is lots of room for vegetables, as well as herbs and flowers that we grow and make infusions and extracts from, for Alpenglow products.


We love living so close to the sea, yet right in the mountains. Yes we have a long, dark, cold winter, and life is not easy at this latitude, but we love Alaska and the community we live in.


Hiking in a meadow of lupine and other wildflowers.


Dipnetting for red salmon is not what you call quiet or peaceful along the Kenai River. But Alaskan’s love their salmon and this huge dipnet (for state residents only) can be an efficient method to obtain about 30 Sockeyes – our annual consumption of deliciousness.


Susan teaches classes and workshops for school groups, nature centers, homeschoolers and at farmer’s markets. At our daughter’s school, they grew a few varieties of Calendula, which we harvested, dehydrated and made into a healing balm for the children to take home. They participated in every step of the process. Not only educational, super fun too!


Patrick and Alana taking a break.


While hiking in a storm, Alana took a rest, laid on this rock and stared up at the dark clouds above.


A field near our home that overlooks Cook Inlet and the volcanos beyond. An incredible view in all seasons.


Girdwood Forest Fair is our favorite annual festival. Once we park the vehicle for the weekend, we travel by two feet, or two wheels from the festival to our accomodations. The Fourth of July Parade is not to be missed with very Alaskan floats. Our lab Luna loves it as much as we do.


Luna is “the best” dog in the world, at least according to us. Hope you have some special critters in your life too.


Blueberries with a fallen caribou antler in the tundra.


A long winter means a long ski season. We are grateful for our local trails and get out as often as we can.